DRAGON BOAT CHARLESTON FESTIVAL 2016

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THE HAT DRAGONS

The Hat Ladies became involved in the very first Festival 9 years ago as volunteers.  We have had our own Team, The Hat Dragons, ever since.  Once again, we dedicated our efforts to a former Team member, Suzanne Flynn, who died from breast cancer a year ago.  Her COURAGE became our theme. 

We embroidered it on our t-shirts and brightly decorated hats;

we created Profiles in Courage to honor past and present family members and friends who also personified the concept.

 Meet The Hat Dragons

  Setting Up

  The First Race

  Between Race 1 and 2

Second Race and Afterwards

THE STORY BEHIND DRAGON BOAT RACING

Dragon boat racing, which has a 2500 year history that began in China, is among the fastest growing of team water sports, with scores of thousands of participants in various organizations and clubs in over 60 countries. The sport is recognized for the camaraderie, strength and endurance fostered amongst participants.  It has also become a very popular corporate and charitable sport.

The Hat Ladies are proud to be a part of the Dragon Boat community in Charleston, where money is raised to provide programs that benefit cancer survivors.  Some of us are cancer survivors.  All of us are excited to be part of a Team so many years past high school, where such opportunities weren't available for girls.  We are proud to represent our hatsisters and to experience their support.

Picture The Hat Ladies